History

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

- Marcus Garvey

Children and teachers love History at Elmhurst. The rich History curriculum is constantly being developed by the teachers and is overseen by the History Coordinator, Miss Turner.

The pupils develop a love of history through dramatic and memorable experiences such as Roman days, Victorian days, mummifying pupils to enliven the Egyptians topic, excavating artefacts to discover more about what life was like during the Stone Age, participating in a Greek Olympics and making tea as a culmination of learning about the Tea Trade! Children are excited about their learning and the teachers are always thinking of creating new ways to provide memorable experiences.

We are passionate about local history and take every opportunity to make links to our area and community. Pupils learn about the affects of World War Two in Forest Gate and the children who were evacuated from Elmhurst. Visits are an essential part of every history topic from Mountfitchet Castle, to The Museum of London.

Black History is an integral part of our curriculum. See below for our recent events celebrating Black and Asian History. 

Black and Asian History Week 2018
The Partition of India (1947)

For Black and Asian History Week 2018 we looked at the Partition of India as the 14th and 15th August 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of India and Pakistan gaining independence from Britain. The children used their enquiry skills to explore pictures of the lead up to and effects of the partition. The children gained some insight into how people may have felt during the partition through partitioning the classroom, which led to fantastic creative writing in the form of poetry and newspaper articles. By linking the history of the partition to art it gave the children the chance to think about their own identity and what makes them, them. 

Black History Assembly 2018

How carnival culture came to Britain through the West Indies Migration

In January, Year 3 did an amazing job performing on the stage for their Black History assembly. The children showed off their public speaking, dancing and acting skills and impressed all the teachers with their dedication to learning their lines and needing very little stage direction! 

They recreated the vibe of the Notting Hill Carnival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in August 2017. Along with that, other highlights included recreating the news broadcast of when the Empire Windrush ship arrived with the 480 immigrants from the West Indies in June 1948. Hasan Ahmed, from 3T even performed a solo of the song ‘London is the place for me’. As well as exploring what the West Indian migrants experienced when they arrived in areas of London such as Clapham South and Brixton, we also celebrated the multicultural Britain we live in through Benjamin Zephania’s poem ‘The British’.

His message ‘Give justice and equality to all’ was a great way to end our assembly.

Black History Week 2017

How carnival culture came to Britain through the West Indies Migration

For last year’s Black History Week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival through learning about the history of carnival in Britain and the West Indian immigration to Britain on the Empire Windrush ship in 1948. We were lucky to have Arthur Torrington, founder of the Windrush Foundation, to speak to help the children understand the reason for the mass immigration. To celebrate the end of the topic we had our own Elmhurst Carnival with Calypso workshops by inspiring Calypsonians De Alberto and Alexander D Great and a performance by steel pan band Ebony. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Check out our photos and videos of the carnival.

Weblinks to add to the history page:

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zcw76sg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/

Link to History Policy

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